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Old 07-08-2015   #1
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W/NW Show me your nice fountain pens

How about a fountain pen picture thread?

I'll start with this:

Omas Arte Italiana Celluloid Arco Dama, #18 of 45 made, with 18k gold nib tuned by Kohei Kubo, filled with Noodler's Antietam ink.

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I love fountain pens and have lots, though nothing as nice as your well-photographed example. My most recent find is a fairly old Parker 51, which is in flawless shape and never dries between fillings like most of my other pens do. Many of my pens seem to dry almost overnight, but I can leave the Parker for two weeks and it writes with the first touch of the paper. I'd illustrate some but have never figured out the arcane procedure for posting images on RFF. Cheers...TW
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Tony,

Love to see your collection at some point. The easiest way to show pictures on RFF is to first upload the photo to whatever photo sharing service of your choice (I'm using Flickr) and post the URL using special tags. If you can tell me which service you are using (or wish to use) very likely I can give you a better instructions.

Here is another one. Going for a totally different direction from my 1st post, might freak some traditionalists out.



Kaweco Sport Ice Yellow converted to eyedropper, then filled with Iroshizulu Murasaki-Shikibu (purple). I call it Toxic Mutant Toy Pen.
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Visconti Impressionist — Van Gogh "Pollard Willows"

Ink shown with it is J. Herbin Café Des Îles
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Visconti Impressionist — Van Gogh "Pollard Willows"

Ink shown with it is J. Herbin Café Des Îles
I really like that one!
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One of my pens.

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TWSBi with Parker Quink blue/black.


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Cigar shape, portable Aka-tamenuri in Ebonite with Goldfish Maki-e converter.
Empty, deciding on which ink is definitely worse than choosing film type.
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Man, I always wanted a Nakaya. Got very close several times but haven't pulled the trigger yet. It sure is beautiful.
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you guys obviously have more cash than I do.
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you guys obviously have more cash than I do.
I'm a designer/director so I say it's an investment for my work and to stay creative. (no, I don't expense them)
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have a pelikan probably the same size as the one shown above. love.

have a twsbi demonstrator. love.

will post photos. i've got a bunch.
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nice pens,
nice photographs!
Keep 'em comin', guys.
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Not now we don't
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Uhhh.. Good grief!

I have been wanting to get a single, yes just one, fountain pen for my desk. If anyone here just had to have one fountain pen, which one would you choose?
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Dave, this is like saying I only want one film camera. Ain't gonna happen.

If you like the idea of bottled ink the piston fill pens are nice, they hold lots of ink and you can try different brands and colors, whereas with cartridges you're pretty much stuck with whatever the manufacturer offers. Pelikan and TWSBI pens are piston refill and affordable. Many pens also take converter cartridges, these are miniature piston cartridges, they don't hold as much ink as a disposable cartridge but give you the flexibility of bottled ink.

If I had to have only one pen under $40 it would be a Lamy Safari. Yes it's plastic. Yes it has a triangular grip that forces you to hold it one way. Yes it has a steel nib. But they work great, come in a variety of colors, write well and will take converters for bottled ink. These are considered beginner fountain pens but they work great. I'd recommend a fine point nib.

BTW, nib sizing varies between German and Japanese brands. So a fine point of each won't be the same. The German nibs are generally wider. The TWSBI, a Taiwanese brand, uses a German nib.

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Like photo gear, fountain pens can become addictive. These are vintage Conway Stewarts, a major English brand:

Untitled by Auchinbreck, on Flickr
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Uhhh.. Good grief!

I have been wanting to get a single, yes just one, fountain pen for my desk. If anyone here just had to have one fountain pen, which one would you choose?
lamy safari, because you'd use it all the time. a black one got me through college with nary a callous on my fingertips.
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Where does one buy ink? No such thing as a stationary store any more in St. Louis. And Office Depot has no ink in bottles.
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Chris and oneANT, Nice to see other Nakaya users. I have three and enjoy them all: one portable cigar and two portable writers. Portable cigar is a dark green and I found a Diamine ink for it that matches British Racing Green quite well.



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Where does one buy ink? No such thing as a stationary store any more in St. Louis. And Office Depot has no ink in bottles.
You cannot go wrong with anything, including ink, from the great crew at www.nibs.com
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Dave, I agree: cannot have just one pen. But the best match, in my opinion, to your Leicas is a Pelikan M800 in the green/black color combination. Well made and a terrific writer. And you can easily change out nibs, as you would lenses on a camera.





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so, i am supposed to show my hero 616?
well, let's see whether i can get a picture using my mobile ...

hope a link to google+ is OK.
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and another link: the fountain pen network.
somewhat like the equivalent to RFF.
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Mine is a set of Kaweco Lilliput pens, made from aluminium. Fountain pen and ball point. Fountain pen filled with Pelican Jade Green ink.
Haven't got a picture handy but it you look 'em up on the interwebs you can see how small they are.

Bought 'em in Berlin a few years back and was mocked for the price vs size but I intend to use 'em for many years to come.
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Like photo gear, fountain pens can become addictive. These are vintage Conway Stewarts, a major English brand:

Untitled by Auchinbreck, on Flickr
I used to own a Conway Stewart - the pink and black colored one which is 5th from the right in the group shot. I lost it somewhere unfortunately but while I owned it I loved it for the flexible 18 carat nib which was a pure joy to write with. I recall taking it to work one day and suspect I left it in someone's office during a meeting. (Never did like or trust that guy).

I have since bought many fountain pens including a Montblanc Meisterstuck but none compare in terms of the pleasure in use.

One thing I want to ask you is whether you know what the barrels are made from? I recall it had a most unusual smell (and taste if one put the end of the barrel in one's mouth).
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For those who wish to indulge but do not wish to pay a lot of money go to ebay and find the fountain pen section in collectibles/pens and writing instruments. The Chinese make a huge range of fountain pens none of which are of the quality of good European or Japanese pens in my experience. But in many cases they can be had for no more than a few dollars each. And at this price they are mostly quite pleasant pens for the price. (And if you do get a dud occasionally then you have lost little). Its a fun way to indulge in a new obsession without the wife threatening a divorce. I have bought probably 20 or so cheap pens and the better ones are really quite nice to use. They all suffer from similar problems such as a too small ink reservoir and excessively stiff nibs. But at the prices you will pay it's also a good way to learn how to modify nibs to write more smoothly etc. There are plenty of pen blogs which will provide instructions. So yes, this is another addiction, but fortunately the itch can be scratched more cheaply than is the case with cameras unless you wish to pay big bucks for rare custom pens. Which is fine too if that is your pleasure.
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I have been wanting to get a single, yes just one, fountain pen for my desk. If anyone here just had to have one fountain pen, which one would you choose?
If you wish to buy a classic pen rather than anorth inexpensive Chinese pen I mention in another post I have a soft spot for Sheaffer pens. There are many designs and prices to fit your budget but there is something about them that is both nice to look at and use. Classic Sheaffer pens are readily available on eBay
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If you wish to buy a classic pen rather than anorth inexpensive Chinese pen I mention in another post I have a soft spot for Sheaffer pens. There are many designs and prices to fit your budget but there is something about them that is both nice to look at and use. Classic Sheaffer pens are readily available on eBay
I really like Lamy safari, they go for about 25$ online now.
If I'd want to invest in a good fountain pen it would be Pelikan m600 series.
I have M200 and the pen is a joy to use as well as being easy to clean and maintain. I am pleasantly surprised people still use fountain pens in this iphone era
Who can recomend a good royal blue ink?
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Second Lamy Safari, my sons use them for school, I maintain them, nib changes etc, we mix and match colourways which is fun.

On blue (Royal) I am partial to J HERBIN Eclat de Saphir

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Encre Bleue Nuit is a darker, blacker blue, as inferred by the name and is I think perhaps more sophisticated a blue and less "school" blue.
You need to try on your paper though people forget the influence that has on colour perception.
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I took up fountain pens in late high school (really not a normal teenage boy pursuit) and took most of my notes throughout college with a Pelikan 120. I wore out two barrels on it (probably due to carrying the pen in a trouser pocket, which tends to bend it when you sit--really bad idea) and finally retired it. Recently I have tried some cheapie pens with surprising success. The Noodler's Ahab is fun and incredibly smooth for its price point. A shout-out to them for great pens (though they're more known for ink) at great prices, and even more kudos to Goulet Pens. They're my go-to source now, featuring Noodler's items and many others. Goulet are sort of like Freestyle is to film -- a dedicated small company that's passionate about the subject. (I'm no relationship to them, just a very satisfied customer.)

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I don't know anything about the topic, but this one appeals to me... beautiful object. I bit expensive for my first fountain pen though if I do choose to get into it. What's a good starter pen which still has some nice aesthetic appeal?

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I use a Pelikan M800 (with the usual green striped barrel) every day at work. I have other fountain pens - I quite like Sheaffers - but the Pelikan really is better. For one thing, it holds enough ink to get through a long interview, which a cartridge/converter pen doesn't. Secondly, it's much smoother. Finally, it has been utterly reliable and never dries up. Is it worth 2.5x the price? Actually, it is, because it works that much better and unless I lose it, it's a one-off purchase.
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Chris and oneANT, Nice to see other Nakaya users. I have three and enjoy them all: one portable cigar and two portable writers. Portable cigar is a dark green and I found a Diamine ink for it that matches British Racing Green quite well.
Dang, Bob,

I just received a gifted Orvis flyrod in dark green. It is beautiful! Now I see these pens in green with, of all things, British Racing Green ink! Now I have to get a pen to match my M3!
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